Saturday, March 28, 2015

My Art Process (Otherwise Known as Cringing to Death)

Anyone ever wonder what kind of torture I put myself through to bring Echo Effect to life? Well, wonder no more, for I've made a gif of my art process for the latest strip...


For those of you who have issues seeing the gif, I basically draw and ink by hand, then scan the piece onto my computer so I can tweak the heck out of it in Photoshop. (Oh, yeah, and do some coloring and lettering, too.) I don't own one of those fancy drawing tablets, so everything done on the computer is through sheer force of will a computer mouse. This strip, in particular, took twelve days total to make.

THIS IS WHY TALENTLESS ME CAN'T UPDATE MY WEBCOMIC MORE FREQUENTLY. *flails*

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go hide, since it's always mortifying for me to share any rough versions of my art online...

36 comments:

  1. Wow, the gif is so cool! I have zero drawing or graphic design skills, so I really admire people who do!

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    1. Thanks! I often don't feel too skilled, especially compared to other artists, but...I try. Haha.

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  2. Loved seeing the process come to life - very clever. Thanks for sharing, your drawings are great.

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    1. Thanks! I was hoping this would be something fun for people to see... :)

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  3. That is awesome! I love seeing your characters come to life. :)

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    1. Thanks, Christine! Glad you enjoyed it! :)

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    1. Thanks so much for spreading the word! :)

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  5. Wow! That is so neat! And I can tell it's a lot of hard work. I admire your skills and dedication. :)

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, it's definitely a lot of work. This is one of the reasons why I'm such a slow artist, haha...

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  6. So much work involved! Don't feel awkward about sharing, this looks great. :)

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    1. Thanks! It's hard not to feel awkward, though, when my rough drafts are on display for the world to see... XD

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  7. Wow, Heather! That's amazing! I do wonder what it takes to create so vivid images. That's amazing! Thanks for sharing and looking forward for more Echo Effect!!:)

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    1. Thanks, Athina! Not sure when the next Echo Effect update will be, since I'm still working on it, but it'll be here one of these days... :)

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  8. I love seeing how art is produced. Didn't know you could gif it. Love it! :)

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    1. It's actually pretty easy to gif things, if you have Photoshop! Just layer the images in a single file, then click "Save for Web." :)

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  9. Wow! You do all this without one of those drawpads? You are amazing and talented!!! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks! I'm probably more crazy than talented, though, haha! It'd be nice to own a drawing tablet, but...well...starving artist. Can't afford it! :P

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  10. I'm impressed! I didn't realize how many steps! So much talent :)

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    1. Thanks! Sometimes it's even more complicated than this, especially when I need to trash the piece and start from scratch, haha...

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  11. Oh wow, this is fascinating, Heather. This is really instructive. I once visited the Animation department at Disney studios and saw the cartoon Cars in the sketch stage--just like this!

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    1. Wow, really? That's so cool how you got to see something like that! I'm nowhere near as talented as those Disney folks, though, haha...

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  12. Creation is so much like childbirth. I do understand both.

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    1. I don't have any experience with childbirth, I must admit. LOL.

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  13. Cool post! When I was in school aI always thought I would make a living through art. I even made some of my own graphic novels. Life's a funny thing sometimes.

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    1. Really? When I was in high school, I thought I would be making a living through regular, ol' novels right now, haha. Gotta love how things change... XD

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  14. I've seen some of your start/finish examples before, but never step-by-step like this and it's AWESOME! I love watching the big and small things you tweak as you push it toward completion. SO COOL! Also, I find it crazy impressive that you do all this by mouse because I know anytime I've had to use my mouse to trace around the edges of people and such when I'm editing photos IT IS HELL! Do you think you'd like using a tablet someday if you could ever have access to one?

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    1. Thanks! I've actually thought about investing in a tablet before, but it's out of my price range at the moment. (Starving artist and all. LOL.) From what I've seen other artists say, a tablet would take a while to get used to, so who knows, it might just frustrate me, haha.

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  15. Oh my gosh, that is so cool! I want to share it. :)

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing it on your Facebook! I really appreciate it! :)

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  16. That is so cool to see the process from start to finish. You are so talented.

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    1. Aw, thank you! :) I was hoping people would enjoy a behind-the-scenes extra like this...

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  17. LOVE this Heather ! I'm half shocked that you framed the vignettes after drawing the heads ... wow, you're so talented !!

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    1. Aw, thank you so much! :) It's impossible for me to draw a straight line, so I like to save that sort of thing for Photoshop, LOL.

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  18. Really cool to see Heather! I see I'm late to the reply-game, haha. I have an old drawing tablet lying around, but the aspect ratio is old fashioned, so that would mean when you draw a circle it'll be oval :( So I'm afraid that would do more harm then good

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    1. Thanks! :) And LOL, I always rely on the elliptical marquee tool in Photoshop, anyway, whenever I need perfectly symmetrical circles...

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